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C-section baby with mucus issues

Jan 24, 2011 - 12 comments

Just damn near had a heart attach Isaiah keeps choking on mucus... Just scared the crap out of me bad enough to where I started screaming for DH and ended in me in tears. The hospital says this is normal for c-section babies... But he was starting to turn blue before I got him to take in some air. I am gonna be to paranoid to leave him in the room alone... We havent been home but an hour.... But this has been going on since birth. Any thought or experiences welcome. Oh it's not in his nose either it's coming up from his tummy and looks really snotty.

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by Jenny101407, Jan 24, 2011
Awwww man poor baby boy :( I hope this stops happening! I don't have any info for you but I will pray he will be ok. ((HUGS))

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by HeatherLF16, Jan 24, 2011
I had an emergency csection with Franky, and did not experience this.  However, I have heard that this is normal because the fluid from the lungs doesn't have a chance to get squeezed out during the exit from the birth canal when you have a csection opposed to a vaginal delivery.  But, I wouldn't hesitate to call for a second if it is concerning you.  Hope everything will be OK xoxo

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by Michelledj, Jan 24, 2011
Hi, congrats on the birth of your son :o) my nephew was born via c section and had the exact same thing, I had just arrived for visting as my sister started to panic about him choking, I took him and ran to the corridor to get a nurse by the time I got to her he was breathing again and i think me jiggling him on the run to the nurse helped him (tho I wouldnt advise that!!) he was a bit mucusy for about a week more so when he was feeding.  Where my sister also had a c section its hard to jump up to see to him especially those 1st few days in hospital.  Here we have midwives visit at home and I think she sought advise from her but was told it would come up on its own, he may just need some help by tapping his back maybe lean him forwards if it happens again whilst tapping his back, it is very scary and I understand how it made you feel.  Try to speak to your doctor/midwife about it too.
Michelle x

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by jennlaurin80, Jan 24, 2011
I had a C-section, and both boys had alot of mucus in their nose. They like snorted alot in the first few weeks. I was always concerned about it, it was like they had trouble breathing. I took them to the doctors after we got home because i was worried. But they told me it was normal.
They have not choked from it though.
Im sorry...that sounds really scary and very stressful ! I would have had a complete meltdown if that happened

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by 30something13, Jan 24, 2011
I have had two c sections and nothing like that happening. ALl you can do is pat on his back to loosen it up, it is good to get coughed up, sution like crazy when it does, even in the mouth! It is not good that he turns blue though and the dr might need to do something about it. You would not want it to turn into somethign serious like numonia (sp) anyways that is typical of c section babies to have issues with breathing. I would not keep him alone in a nother room either, scary! Poor baby! It should loosen more every day I would think. Call the L&D floor an dask a nurse too! They will talk to you about stuff. Good luck and have a good baby moon!

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by l0st_child, Jan 24, 2011
my son was born vaginally and has almost the same thing... My doctor said it is normal for fast delivery and c sections.. I pushed my son out in literally 3-4 pushes

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by nickieb85, Jan 24, 2011
I hope it gets better =) I am so glad that things are going good!

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by NicoleW09, Jan 24, 2011
My dd was born vaginally almost 7w ago and her delivery was very quick bc I was in a lot of pain an I just wanted to get her out! Anyways, she was choking like that too on mucus coming up from her lungs. It went away on it's own, but we used the suctioner thing they gave us. She never turned blue, so if it's that bad I would put in a call to your ped. Good luck and I hope it gets better! Congrats on your baby!

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by SunWorshiper_26, Jan 25, 2011
OMG that sounds beyond scary!  My premie only has the spitting up often and one projectile spitting up incident and that alone was enough to scare me. I'm so sorry :(

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by anxiouslywaiting910, Jan 25, 2011
I stopped laying him flat.. And it had improved it was just that one incident but he has more mucus since just not that bad a little here and there. It still made me super paranoid so I have him sleeping propped up on his boppy pillow right beside me. After having 2 miscarriages I am probably panic a little more than the average mom.

But I was patting his back and sucking  last time..it just took a little bit for him to get it up.

I asked the dr and the nurses about it before we left the hospital they said oh it's normal..he had a couple of times he choked on it there but not to the point he did when we got home.

Anywho thanks for the comments :) it was a rough first day home.



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by chantal21, Jan 25, 2011
Oh that is super scary! I hope it clears soon! Poor baby and poor mommy always worrying! Like we don't worry enough as it is as moms! Oh and CONGRATS!! I don't think I told you yet! :)

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by mum2beagain, Jan 25, 2011
How sacry!
I would caution against using the boppy though, babies have suffocated in them, much better to get a wedge for his crib/bassinet to prop him up instead as these are designed for exactly the puropse you need.
Congrats on the baby!

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